Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Collecting aprons has become a hobby of mine. There is nothing quite as nostalgic or practical in homemaking, as donning an apron. EllynAnne Geisel, the author of The Apron Book, is a very inspirational apron aficionado. Though EllynAnne never donned an apron during 24 years as a homemaker, she later became passionate about reviving the usage of this practical and vintage piece of cloth. One thing that I savored the most from her book, was her emphasis on using a variety of aprons, for various household functions. I am now inspired to create or to find an apron for express purposes of homemaking. For example, it would be lovely to utilize a basic waist apron, for holding my clothespins, while hanging up the laundry.This book contains apron instructions and patterns for creating a variety of apron styles. I would adore a full length Edwardian apron for cooking tasks, and another type for cleaning duties. No hostess was considered properly adorned without donning a lovely apron. The revival of aprons is a very interesting subject; I love EllynAnne's quote, "Aprons don't hold us back, they take us back." Home is definitely a sphere in which a woman's vision is fundamental to whether she thrives or wilts. When a woman performs homemaking tasks with purpose, the lives of her children and spouse are forever altered. Throughout The Apron Book, EllynAnne sprinkles a variety of homemaking tips, treasured recipes, and a variety of stories of how aprons have changed and touched lives. If you are looking for a book that celebrates the lovely bits of cloth that we call aprons, you will enjoy The Apron Book.
Apronisms is a delightful little book, designed to fit discreetly into the pocket of your favorite apron. It contains a whimsical collection of wise thoughts to enjoy, throughout your day. EllynAnne Geisel shares a bit of wisdom on each page, with a fun story to go along with it. Some of her wise quotes include:
"Smile when you answer the phone. Your listener can hear a smile a thousand miles away."
"The best memories- if not the best pies- are the ones you create with no planning."
This book is one of the most cheerful that I have ever read; I enjoy the encouragement given by a seasoned homemaker!
The Kitchen Linens Book : Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives
The Kitchen Linens Book, EllynAnne Geisel's third book, celebrates all vintage linens, including hot pads, cloth napkins, and tablecloths. One of my favorite sections of this book was on "How to Brew a Proper Pot of Tea" with a section on hosting a tea, including a sample menu. Eight delectable recipes are included, such as Quiche Lorraine, Chocolate Mousse, and Blueberry Coconut Muffins. This book also gives instructions for making 20 projects, and includes Butterick transfer pattern for Vintage Kitchen Towels. One of the most helpful aspects of this book is the variety of tips on cleaning vintage linens, to preserve them from staining. The Kitchen Linens Book will inspire you to visit Grandma's and take a look at her vintage linens, or to start your very own collection.
Andrews McMeel Publishing Company provided me with a free review copy of each of these books.
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